Elena Poltavskaya

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Elena Poltavskaya

Aged 18

Florence Classical Art Academy

Instructor(s): Yuriy Dyatlov, Svetlana Kurbatskaya

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  • Artworks

Autumn still life

Oil paints

23 1/2 x 31 1/4 ins (60 x 80 cms)

Golden autumn


19 1/2 x 27 1/2 ins (50 x 70 cms)

Enjoying the music


31 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins (80 x 60 cms)

Artistic still life

Oil paints

27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins (70 x 50 cms)

Portrait of an elderly man

Graphite pensil

27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins (70 x 50 cms)

Ukrainian woman

Oil on canvas

31 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins (80 x 60 cms)


Graphite on paper

23 1/2 x 15 1/2 ins (60 x 40 cms)


Graphite on paper

11 3/4 x 7 3/4 ins (30 x 20 cms)

About the time

Oil on canvas

31 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins (80 x 60 cms)


Oil on canvas

31 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins (80 x 60 cms)

Portrait of an elderly lady

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 ins (101.6 x 76.2 cms)

            Essay of my long-term educational and career goals 


Warm September day.  A girl of six years is sitting on the steps near the Art School and crying.  She wants to go painting, but she finds it difficult to be with other children who are constantly messing around and pestering her. 

This girl is me 12 years ago. And it’s the beginning of my journey to art not always easy but fascinating.

I tried three times, entered the Art School and then quitted. 

But my love for painting and perseverance prevailed.  Art helped me not only find the purpose but also develop my soft skills and overcome barriers.  

And now I'm 18, I'm a wonderful artist, a girl with many friends and admirers, who knows what she wants and goes for it.  


The war in Ukraine pushed me to Italy and now I am studying at the FCAA (Florence Classical Art Academy ) where I have a leading position.  I work very hard to get closer to my dream - to become the best artist in the world and share my passion for drawing and art with other people through my artworks and teaching. So I want to continue my studies at this Academy to obtain the necessary knowledge, skills and network.


 Education for one semester is paid and with this situation in Ukraine I have difficult period, so I will invest the money won to live in Italy and to the next academic year.


 I would like to complete the 3 year course in the Academy, because I understand the seriousness and richness of the knowledge of our craft. 


 After graduation, I will take part in exhibitions and competitions to promote my art. I would really like to draw realistic paintings filled with meaning and beauty. 


Through my art I want to give a positive influence on lives of people and their mindset, to raise both the problems of society and an individual. I want to bring beauty and eternity, goodness and truth into the world.


 And of course, to reach the top, I need to work hard on myself as an artist and on myself as a person.  So I try to manage my life wisely.

 I am very attentive to the detail and strive for the absolute, as Michelangelo said: "Attention to the little things gives birth to perfection, but perfection is no longer a trifle."  I absolutely agree with this and consider it an honor to be a follower of realistic art. With perfect trepidation to continue this traditions .  So in order to achieve my goals, I will work and study hard so that the imperishable art lives and develops forever.

Olena Poltavska, 18 years old, Ukraine 





Personal statement 


A devoted and meticulous researcher, who devoted herself entirely to the study of art. I want to achieve the greatest results in realistic art and in every possible way I want to popularize realistic art in order to save it. 



Art school 2015-2018

The Grekov Art College 2018-2022

Florence Classical Academy of Arts 2022


Professional experience


Participation in numerous local exhibitions and competitions.  

All-Ukrainian composition competition, won 3rd place.  Group exhibitions in Odessa. Exhibitions of college students. 


Personal exhibition. (Odessa, 40 artworks) 

Participant of master classes and evening group drawings from famous Ukrainian artists Grechanovsky A., Israelyan А., Gryzlov P.


Excellent teaching practice at the Odessa art school named after Kostandi. For two weeks I taught children to draw still lifes and compositions.


Taught painting privately, prepared the student for successful admission to the university


Participant of numerous volunteer events and actions. 

Аn article about me and my paintings is published in a local magazinе.


Personal traits


Passionate about painting.  

Strong communication skills and abilities

Success in rapidly changing situations.  

Essential individuality аttention to detail

Developed leadership skills




Ukrainian (native), Russian (native), English (fluent)